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AnyDVD HD removes AACS encryption from HD DVDs, allowing users to play movies on non-HDCP compliant hardware

AnyDVD, a software favorite for DVD movie aficionados, has hit the HD era. SlySoft has quietly released AnyDVD HD over the weekend, offering similar decryption capabilities as its standard-definition version.

AnyDVD HD removes AACS encryption from HD DVDs, which will also allow the user to watch movies over a digital display connection without HDCP compliant graphics card and display. The software will also enable PowerDVD Ultra to run titles released by Studio Canal, The Weinstein Company, Kinowelt and Optimum Releasing—studios whose movies previously did not run on the PC player.

Another feature of AnyDVD HD is what SlySoft calls “magic file replacement” to remaster any commercial movie disc using simple XML scripts. These scripts will “magically” replace the files on the physical disc so that the user can customize discs without making a copy to a hard drive.

“We could only begin our development some weeks ago and we are immensely proud to get this product out to the users so quickly,” said Peer van Heuen, one of SlySoft’s lead developers. “This speaks to the commitment to our users: get good and easy-to-use products out on the market fast!”

Other features carried over from AnyDVD include the removal of CSS encryption and region codes from DVD movies, allowing for a user’s free reign over the optical format for backup purposes. AnyDVD is capable of removing unwanted movie features, including subtitles and prohibition messages such as copyright and FBI warnings.

While the release of AnyDVD HD seems to be more than coincidental with the discovery of the Processing Key that defeats all HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc protections, SlySoft maintains that its development was independent of what the hacking community accomplished.

“The way AnyDVD HD addresses and solves the problem doesn't have much in common with the discoveries of individual members of the Open Source community in reading AACS keys from the USB bus,” said Peer van Heuen. “As one can expect from SlySoft, our solution works fully automatic with all known titles while the so-called hacker tools require laborious reading out of memory or the USB bus. This is not to say that their efforts are completely fruitless; it’s just that ours need to be user-friendly. It’s just that simple.”

The current version of AnyDVD HD supports only HD DVD, but given the similarities in copy protection, SlySoft said that a version of its software that will support Blu-ray Disc is not far off.

“When we considered Blu-Ray, our strategy was simply to initially support HD-DVD and await further developments in the marketplace. Already during the beta phase we got many inquiries about Blu-ray so we decided to go ahead and also provide support for this as soon as possible,” added Tom Xiang, SlySoft’s Marketing Director. “Blu-ray employs the same AACS process as HD-DVD. An implementation was really just a matter of form. A beta version is planned for availability this quarter.”

AnyDVD HD is priced at $79 by itself or as an upgrade from AnyDVD for $30. The software may also be first downloaded for a free 21-day trial.

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RE: Wow...
By hopsandmalt on 2/19/2007 1:11:43 PM , Rating: 2

AnyDVD doesnt do any copying. It sits in the background and strips the protection. You have to have a copy program that works with AnyDVD, ie, Copy DVD 2. So, Im sure that helps them get away with it as well.

RE: Wow...
By bldckstark on 2/19/2007 1:19:38 PM , Rating: 2
In AnyDVD if you right click on the fox head in the taskbar you will see a command that says "rip disc to HDD" or something similar. This is how I get the content onto my comp. No additional software needed.

Of course only with movies I already own for playback on my HTPC.

RE: Wow...
By therealnickdanger on 2/19/2007 8:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
It's not AnyDVD that does the ripping/copying. That function only works if you have DVD Decryptor installed...

RE: Wow...
By bravacentauri83 on 2/19/2007 1:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Can someone clarify if it is unlawful to break copy protection encryption on movies? I thought this was part of the whole DMCA.

RE: Wow...
By shabby on 2/19/2007 5:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
Its perfectly legal... until you get caught ;)

RE: Wow...
By bottle23 on 2/19/2007 8:11:41 PM , Rating: 2
Can someone clarify if it is unlawful to break copy protection encryption on movies?

It depends on which country you are in, and the copyright laws they have.

In the USA, I think, you can backup the content you legally bought for a personal backup copy. It falls under "fair use".

In Australia, its simply illegal to circumvent protection mechanisms. There are no "fair use" clauses or laws (There's alot of clueless idiots over here, that run the country...One wonders why they agreed to such things when the US Free Trade Agreement was being hammered out).

Regardless, its impractical to try and enforce such ridiculous laws, that are pushed in by the influence of Content Providers.

Cops, Federal Agents, and other law enforcement folks would rather catch rapists, child molesters, terrorists, etc than waste time on a bunch of filesharers.

In China, such enforcement are only "for show" to appease the country (usually USA), who's making such accusations...Once the monkey's off their back, everything goes back to as they were.

RE: Wow...
By gt1911 on 2/20/2007 2:23:13 AM , Rating: 2
As yet it is not illegal to circumvent copy protection in Australia. Federal Parliament is considering a bill at present that WILL make it an offence, although the final format of the legislation is far from certain.

The new Act is part of Australia's obligations under our Free Trade Agreement with the US.

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